Arden’s Sandy Mitchell has secured his first win in single-seaters in the opening race of the MSA Formula round three at Thruxton.
Having dominated qualifying, Mitchell was down to third after a poor start but fought back to claim the win.
Double R’s Matheus Leist made a great getaway to take the lead off the line, with Sennan Fielding also passing front row starters Mitchell and Lando Norris.
It was a messy first lap further down the pack, with four drivers ruled out of contention, including championship frontrunner James Pull.
A four-lap safety car period followed and, while Leist got a good restart, Mitchell instantly passed Fielding and was soon challenging the Brazilian for the lead.
It didn’t take the Arden driver long to be back into first and he quickly pulled away, finishing a second and a half ahead.
With Leist taking second, Norris and Fielding fought for the final podium spot and eventually came together on lap 12 at Cobb. Fielding was done for the day, while Norris recovered to claim tenth.
Third ended up going to JTR’s Daniel Baybutt, who kept Ricky Collard behind.
Colton Herta was the top Carlin man in fifth, leading Rafa Martins and Enaam Ahmed.
After starting 17th, championship leader Daniel Ticktum stayed out of trouble to finish eighth, while Darius Karbaley recorded his personal best finish in ninth.
|1||Sandy Mitchell||Arden||13 laps in 20:54.035|
|2||Matheus Leist||Double R||+1.533|
|9||Darius Karbaley||Falcon Motorsport||+13.489|
|12||Louise Richardson||Richardson Racing||+17.051|
|13||Jack Butel||SWB Motorsport||+17.376|
|14||Ollie Pidgley||Richardson Racing||+22.136|
|15||Josh Smith||Fortec||+1 lap|
|Sennan Fielding||JHR Developments||+1 lap|
|Tarun Reddy||Double R||+12 laps|
|Petru Florescu||Carlin||+13 laps|
|James Pull||JTR||+13 laps|
|Ameya Vaidyanathan||JTR||+13 laps|